Scholarships can help you pay for your art school education. A scholarship is essentially a gift of free money awarded to you in recognition of an ability, talent, or quality that the scholarship sponsor deemed worthy of reward. Scholarships are awarded by various schools, national organizations, private organizations, alumni and other sponsors.
Art scholarships are often awarded by schools to students who demonstrate strong academic achievement, such as a high GPA, and artistic talent in a particular medium or type of art. Scholarships can also be won through art competitions. Applications for scholarships will vary, and may require anything from a compelling essay to an art or film portfolio. You should spend some time researching scholarships and apply for every one for which you qualify.
Scholarships to Consider
StraightForward Media — Offers four $500 scholarships a year to art students. Visit their website for scholarship applications and deadlines.
Scholastic — Offers various scholarship awards for high school students who demonstrate outstanding skills in art and writing.
The International Furnishings and Design Association Education Foundation — Offers student scholarships for advancement in fields relating to the interior furnishings industry.
Academy of Motion Pictures Student Academy Awards — $2000 to $5000 awarded each year to 3-12 undergraduate or graduate students majoring in filmmaking/video.
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences College Television Awards — $500 to $2000 awarded each year to 25 undergraduate or graduate students majoring in Arts, Performing Arts and other areas.
Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation — $1000 to $5000 awarded each year to up to 6 undergraduate and graduate students majoring in arts or music.
Beinecke Scholarship for Graduate Study — $2000 to $30000 awarded to 18-22 undergraduate and graduate students through nomination only and majoring in arts and other areas.
Donna Reed Performing Arts Scholarship — $200 to $1000 awarded each year to up to 6 undergraduate students majoring in performing arts.
John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship — $1000 to $4000 awarded each year to 3-5 undergraduate and graduate students majoring in arts.
General Scholarships for Higher Education
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